Here are a few recent orchestral works, created in Brooklyn. I've been having fun making these larger scale pieces. Cover image from a detail of a Derek Buckner painting - check him out at www.derekbuckner.com
2010 Download on iTunes
Addicted to Distraction has many different styles collected under one roof - a mixtape with the same singer. On this record, there's a straight up Bacharach number "Infatuation", a Johnny Cash story song "The Rains of Cozumel", a Leonard Cohen poem "Snow Covered Ice", a song the Boss could have sung on The River "It Don't Bother Me No More", some easygoing canyon rock "Sifting Through the Pages", an amped-up Lou Reed-style rocker (the title track), a New Orleans-flavored party song "Take It to the One", and lots of horns and flutes and strings and guitars and pianos and ooohs and ahhs and rhythm not tied to a click track. And me. Recorded mostly in Brooklyn by Don Piper and mixed in Santa Monica by Beau Raymond.
2009 Download on iTunes
In 2009 I collaborated with the Grammy nominated jazz pianist and all around great guy Larry Goldings for The Carriage House Sessions, a sparse and mellow duet record tracked in Silver Lake (at the Carriage House, with Sheldon Gomberg) and released in 2010. We wrote most of the songs together in my garage studio space in Venice, including the melancholic opening song "Love Falls Down" and the haunting Sondheim-esque "I Saw Her Face". There are also four standards on the cd, including "They Say It's Wonderful".
2008 Download on iTunes
In the Ocean of the Stars we tracked at Mission Sound in Williamsburg, and also Don Piper's studio in DUMBO Between the Trains. It has Bill Dobrow on drums, Jeff Hill on bass, and Don on guitar, which has been my lineup for many years. This was also the first record I did with Chris Carmichael, the incredible string arranger from Nashville (really, Kentucky). Because I moved to LA during the making of the record, I ended up mixing in Los Angeles with Todd Burke, and was lucky enough to work with the very artistic Marvin Etzioni, who came in and helped me produce the mixes.↓ Video: Miss You (Thought You Should Know)
2004 Download on iTunes
After A While was the first time I worked with another producer, this time the talented Craig Ross from Austin, TX, who slowed the songs down into a beautiful melancholy soup, and played some blistering guitar. Dan Estabrook drew the cover and created the antique looking booklet. Little did we know that no one would care about paper anymore... Rolling Stone wrote - "Simple but not simplistic, Peter Salett writes pop songs that wrap their longings in the leanest of arrangements."↓ Video: With Anybody Else
2001 Download on iTunes
This solo acoustic CD was recorded in 1998, in one day, by engineer Pete Keppler. It is a collection of 8 songs, most of which did not end up on my first two "band" records. Basically I was recording them as demos, but when it came time to make Heart of Mine I had already new songs for that record. So after Heart of Mine came out I released Faded Blue Eyes. The cover drawing is by writer actor director Michael Showalter, who had graciously been drawing gig fliers for me for many years.
2000 Download on iTunes
Heart of Mine we recorded at Phillip Glass' studio the Looking Glass in NYC, in basically two parts. Notable guests include Joe McGinty, Tracy Bonham, and my brother Steve Salett (who plays on the title track). True story – I almost didn't put "Heart of Mine" on the record, because I thought the basic tracks were too slow. Luckily someone convinced me to change my mind. Ryoji Hata engineered.
1997 Download on iTunes
Paintings of These Days is my first CD, though I of course has been making cassette tapes for years before that (It's funny how those songs seem to have disappeared). Pete Keppler (who later worked a bunch with Bowie) very kindly offered to get me into the Looking Glass on some late nights and weekends, and Bill Dobrow, Jason Crigler and I went in and tracked the songs we had been playing for all those NYC late nighters who had been coming to our midnight shows. Later guitar maestro Anthony Wilson came in crushed it, adding lap steel and guitars.